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Oregon Trashed More, Recycled Less in 2014

A new report from the state Department of Environmental Quality says people in Oregon sent more garbage to landfills and recycled less in 2014.

#In Wasco County, 18,175 tons of trash were disposed of, 7,356 tons were recovered, with a total recovery rate – which includes reuse and residential composting – of 34.8 percent. Sherman County disposed of 1,159 tons, recovered 220 tons with a total recovery rate of 22 percent.

#Sherman County exceeded the state recovery goal, set in 2009, of 20 percent but Wasco County was slightly below the recovery goal of 35 percent.

#Paul Lepinski, owner of A&P Recycling in The Dalles, has made a business out of recycling since the 1980s.

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